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#HousingHustings16 - read our new panellist blogs

There’s only one week to go until the Scottish elections which means time is running out to make your decision! With so many important issues being debated, we want to make sure our members have all the information to hand before placing crosses on the ballot paper.

28/04/2016

Blog

'A charter will give us what we need to help grow shared ownership.'

Amy Nettleton, chair of the National Housing Group, says CIH's new shared ownership charter is exactly what is needed to help to grow the tenure.

26/04/2017

Blog

'Brexit means we have to build fewer houses' ... or does it?

Ahead of the launch of the UK Housing Review we will be running a series of blogs trailing its content. In the first of these John Perry, our senior policy advisor, looks at whether some of the claims made about the likely impact of Brexit on housing demand stack up.

23/02/2017

Blog

'Challenging perceptions of refugees will help us to make a difference.'

Fuad Mahamed, the chief executive of Ashley Community Housing, explains how his organisation set about changing hearts and minds on refugees with an award-winning campaign.

05/06/2017

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'Changes could make life easier for millions renting in private sector.'

Policy and practice officer Priya Thethi takes a look at changes to the private sector announced at the Conservative party conference and what they could mean for millions of tenants.

10/10/2017

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'CIH membership will help me achieve my goals'

Earlier this month, Vicki Maguire - corporate strategy officer at Riverside - attended a CIH event. Two days later, she signed up to become a member! We caught up with her to find out what she's most excited to get involved in.

20/10/2016

Blog

'Councils and housing associations should define affordability together.'

Local authorities and housing associations should work together on a framework to define affordability in their area, says CIH's senior policy adviser John Perry.

02/10/2017

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'Councils finding ways to build but could do much more with support.'

As a new report reveals councils are building thousands of homes through local housing companies, Paul Hackett, director of the Smith Institute, says government must support their efforts to build more.

18/10/2017

Blog

'Dementia charter can help us to change so many lives'

Bruce Moore, the chief executive of Housing & Care 21, says the launch of a new dementia-friendly housing charter gives the sector the chance to make a commitment which will improve the lives of people living with dementia now and into the future.

12/04/2017

Blog

'Great boards are fundamental to our success'

Graham Maunders, managing director of CIH consultancy, shares his positive experiences as a housing association board member.

25/10/2016

Blog

'Housing organisations must be the driving force behind social mobility.'

In a challenging society housing organisations must be the driving force for social mobility, explains CIH Rising Stars winner James Sanderson.

21/07/2017

Blog

'Housing organisations must embrace technology to survive'

Embracing new technology will be key for housing organisations to thrive, says James Caspell.

17/07/2017

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'Housing should be seen as a career of choice and it starts with us.'

It's time for housing to be seen as a career of choice and not something people fall into, and housing professionals have a big part to play in changing the narrative, says Adam Clark, from CIH's member of the future advisory group.

16/08/2017

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'I don’t always have the answers so building my network is massively important'

Universal credit, building more homes, the looming Local Housing Allowance cap and making sure residents' voices are heard post-Grenfell - we spoke to Wellingborough Homes head of housing and support services (and CIH Eastern board member) Dave Lockerman about the big issues for debate at CIH's Eastern Conference.

12/10/2017

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'If social housing were a start up we'd do things rather differently.'

Consultant Ian Hembrow says it's time for housing organisations to take a serious look at how they do things to solve the UK's chronic housing shortage.

01/03/2017

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'If we're going to tackle homelessness we can all play a part.'

As the Homelessness Reduction Bill edges closer to becoming law we spoke to Jon Sparkes, the chief executive of homelessness charity Crisis about the scale of the problem and his hopes for the future.

15/03/2017

Blog

'Intervention needed' to reduce welfare bill without causing more poverty

Toby Lloyd from Shelter explores the need for government intervention to reduce the welfare bill and tackle poverty in today's exclusive article, compiled as part of the 75th anniversary of the Beveridge Report.

27/01/2017

Blog

'Meeting people, making connections, getting support and much more'

Gemma Stockdale, from our member of the future group, explains what CIH means to her and how to make the most of being a member of housing's professional body.

01/08/2017

Blog

'More must be done to tackle fuel poverty'

Sarah Daly, director of strategic sustainability and partnerships, Sustainable Homes, says more must be done to end fuel poverty in the latest of our exclusive articles, compiled as part of the 75th anniversary of the Beveridge Report.

31/01/2017

Blog

'Non-traditional construction can help us tackle the housing crisis.'

Niki Walton, from our policy and practice team, explores two very different schemes to see how housing organisations are using non-traditional construction to meet local housing need.

04/09/2017

Blog

'Our housing crisis is a question of supply, supply, supply. Or is it?'

Building more homes will only go so far in solving our housing crisis argues Peter Williams, one of the authors of the UK Housing Review.

16/03/2017

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'Replacing homes under the right to buy isn't working, it's time to think again.'

As housing minister Gavin Barwell says right to buy is only justifiable if replacements are built, policy officer David Pipe says it's time for the government to seriously rethink the policy.

28/02/2017

Blog

'Securing a good deal for Northern Ireland post-Brexit will be top of the DUP’s priority list'

As reports suggest that the Conservatives will try to form a government with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party MPs, CIH Northern Ireland director Nicola McCrudden explores the party's priorities - and the potential impact on housing and welfare locally.

09/06/2017

Blog

'Shared ownership has huge strengths as a product'

The shared ownership charter is the latest in our series of charters which aims to provide a set of shared standards to drive customer service. It has been developed with the support of leading organisations in the National Housing Group, and with input from members.

09/10/2017

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'Showcasing your success can help your organisation and others.'

As nominations for the 2018 UK Housing Awards get underway CIH communications manager Steve Hayes answers some frequently asked questions.

02/10/2017

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'Tackling homelessness about so much more than just building homes.'

Our response to the homelessness crisis must be to find a way to help the person, not just their satisfy their housing need, says Priya Thethi.

16/10/2017

Blog

'The election result may have more to do with housing than we think.'

The result of last week's election could have more to do with housing than it seems, says senior policy advisor John Perry as he takes a look at what voting patterns could be telling us.

14/06/2017

Blog

'The housing sector must do better on domestic abuse.'

Kelly Henderson, domestic violence business manager at Gentoo, has launched a new research project to inform and encourage the housing sector to embrace its role in tackling domestic abuse.

22/05/2017

Blog

'The people we help must be heard because their stories matter.'

Resident stories matter and we must tell them - to influence our work and, above all, because they matter, says Rooftop Housing Group chief executive Boris Worrall.

28/07/2017

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'Time for repairs and maintenance to take centre stage.'

Housing organisations have been forced to rethink the way they provide repairs and maintenance in the light of financial pressures, but it's not just about doing the same with less, says Richard Medley, director of assets and neighbourhoods.

22/03/2017

Blog

'To tackle homelessness we must first understand the data.'

Ahead of the launch of the UK Housing Review, policy and practice officer Faye Greaves looks at what the homelessness figures can tell us about the issue.

28/02/2017

Blog

'We must embrace technology to house our older people effectively.'

Embracing technology will be key to make sure housing providers meet the needs of an ageing population, says Carl Atkey of Appello.

28/03/2017

Blog

'We must not leave our suburbs behind'

A suburban renaissance will be key to solving our housing crisis, says Paul Hunter from the Smith Institute, in the latest of our exclusive articles compiled as part of the 75th anniversary of the Beveridge Report.

09/02/2017

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'We must not overlook the unique housing challenges in the North.'

Any response to the housing crisis must take into account the unique housing challenges in the North, says Stephanie Kelley.

26/09/2017

Blog

'We must not overlook the value of sheltered housing'

As the government's consultation on a new funding structure for supported housing ends, Bruce Moore, the chief executive of Housing & Care 21, says it must not overlook the 300,000 older people who live in sheltered housing.

14/02/2017

Blog

'We need housing to support our older people's independence.'

Lynn Clayton, from Derwent Living, explains what 107-year-old resident Dolly's story tells us about our older people and the importance of housing which supports their independence.

11/08/2017

Blog

'We need to be ambitious in our development plans in the North'

Supported housing, supply and certainty on rents – Home Group chief executive Mark Henderson outlines the biggest issues facing housing organisations in the North East and explores potential solutions.

27/09/2017

Blog

'We resolved crises of housing and poverty before, we can do it again.'

In our final exclusive comment piece as part of the 75th anniversary of the Beveridge Report, Richard Rawes, chairman of the Webb Memorial Trust, says we can resolve the crises of poverty and housing with the right impetus.

17/02/2017

Blog

'We won't build enough homes if we just carry on doing the same things.'

The government has committed to solving the housing crisis and in its housing white paper it sets out a number of measures to get us building more homes. But do the measures go far enough and how will the sector significantly increase the amount of homes it builds? We spoke to Melanie Leech, the chief executive of the British Property Federation, to find out more.

27/02/2017

Blog

'Winning a CIH Regional Award gave me a sense of achievement'

As the CIH Regional Awards 2017 launch we spoke to Patrycja Glomska who went on to success at the Housing Heroes Awards in 2016 as a result of scooping a CIH South West Award.

09/01/2017

Blog

'Young people are being locked out of all housing options in the South East'

New research has revealed that plans to extend the Local Housing Allowance cap could make even social housing too expensive for young people on lower incomes in the South East. Dr Kesia Reeve, of Sheffield Hallam Univesity's Centre for Regional, Economic and Social Research, explores the problem.

12/05/2017

Blog

10 steps to creating customer service champions

Linda K. Spindley, Business Development Manager, discusses improving customer service

09/05/2011

Blog

10 things to do this month

Read our top ten things to do in August to find out how you can connect and get involved with CIH.

06/08/2012

Blog

2011 - What a year

Rising Stars competition winner Carla Keegans provides a retrospective of her experiences of working in the housing sector in 2011.

10/01/2012

Blog

2012 – A year of putting policy into practice

David Pipe outlines upcoming policy changes the sector faces and explains how housing organisations can tackle the challenges ahead.

17/01/2012

Blog

4 vital ingredients to setting up a successful internal maintenance service

A successful internal repairs and maintenance service is truly cross-functional and should benefit all areas of the business. But how can we make sure we create such a service? Rob Bryan, director at Vantage Business Solutions, shares his ideas.

10/11/2016

Blog

A better way of handling disputes in NI’s private rented sector

CIH director for Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland Nicola McCrudden explores a different approach to dealing with disputes between private landlords and tenants in Northern Ireland.

03/11/2014

Blog

A changing housing landscape in Northern Ireland

In this guest blog, Paul McNeill, independent housing consultant shares his thoughts on the effects of the proposed changes to the Northern Ireland Housing Executive and the opportunities it brings for increased investment, better homes and improved services for tenants.

10/05/2013

Blog

A decade to remember for all the wrong reasons

Grainia Long, discusses a report from the Institute of Fiscal Studies on increasing poverty, and how this impacts the housing sector.

17/10/2011

Blog

A game-changing approach to repairs and maintenance

The idea of giving tenants the option of having whirlpool baths in their home is enough to make any financial director recoil. But for Hyde Housing this is an everyday part of a new approach to maintenance which has saved millions.

03/04/2017

Blog

A housing professional's 2012

Three experts discuss the 10 most practical areas for the sector's staff and leaders to focus on during the next year.

03/01/2012

Blog

A housing strategy for Northern Ireland

Jennifer Donald, head of policy and public affairs, takes an initial look at the new housing strategy for Northern Ireland.

18/10/2012

Blog

A planner's view of how we solve the housing crisis

The white paper opens up much-needed debate on housing and planning in England, but does it go far enough? Trudi Elliott, CEO of the Royal Town Planning Institute, thinks more must be done to bring about the changes we need to solve the housing crisis.

20/03/2017

Blog

A trainee's view from Northern Ireland

Matthew Malcolm, a graduate trainee with the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, has been spending February in the CIH office in Northern Ireland as part of his training programme. Here are his thoughts after a month shadowing Jennie Donald, CIH NI’s Head of Policy and Public Affairs.

05/03/2012

Blog

A winning scheme for the sector

Graham Findlay, Positive Action for Disability Manager, discusses the Positive Action for Disability programme

12/08/2011

Blog

A year to remember for CIH president Julie Fadden

As she prepares to hand over the reins to Alison Inman, we spoke to Julie Fadden to find out what she’s enjoyed most about being president, her biggest achievements and her hopes for her legacy.

31/08/2017

Blog

Abdul's housing journey - New Housing Professional 2017

We asked our New Housing Professional finalists to blog for us on their housing journey, and what they think makes housing a rewarding career. Here's our third finalist, Abdul Hafeez from Taff Housing Association.

11/04/2017

TAI

Accelerating change in housing: what does the future look like?

Jon Marshall, digital transformation lead at Appello, looks at current social and community housing, what baby boomer generations will need as they approach retirement age in 20-30 years, and how housing associations and providers can start to build the homes of the future, today.

14/11/2016

Blog

Addressing anti-social behaviour in private rented housing

CIH Northern Ireland policy and public affairs officer Justin Cartwright discusses whether sharing information around anti-social behaviour (ASB) could be extended to the private rented sector (PRS).

19/10/2015

Blog

Addressing anti-social behaviour: information sharing

CIH Northern Ireland policy and public affairs manager Justin Cartwright gives an overview of how sharing information can help address anti-social behaviour (ASB).

06/04/2016

Blog

Addressing the challenges of city centre living

CIH Northern Ireland’s event ‘Living in the city’ is revisited by Justin Cartwright, CIH Northern Ireland policy and public affairs manager. The event featured a wide-ranging discussion on future housing options for our inner-urban areas.

06/06/2017

Blog

Adult Learners' Week begins!

Today is the start of Adult Learners’ Week and to help support and promote this CIH is running a campaign - Learn with us – to get people talking about learning.

14/05/2012

Blog

All change

Abigail Davies, introduces CIH's Change Network, which aims to help housing professional deliver transformational change.

13/10/2011

Blog

All change for 2016 at CIH Scotland

Annie Mauger, executive director for the devolved nations and Republic of Ireland, explains what the changes mean for members in Scotland.

06/01/2016

Blog

All change for education

Roger Keller, Head of Education, discusses the forthcoming changes to the education system and how this will effect housing qualifications.

01/03/2011

Blog

All change in Northern Ireland’s private rented sector

The Department for Communities (DfC) has published its proposals for change to help make the private rented sector a more attractive housing option. CIH Northern Ireland policy and public affairs manager Justin Cartwright takes a look at the sector and the department’s proposals.

18/01/2017

Blog

Allocations review is opportunity for better support says CIH NI

Commenting on the Department for Social Development’s research to inform a fundamental review of social housing allocations policy, Justin Cartwright, policy and public affairs officer at the Chartered Institute of Housing in Northern Ireland, said: “The review provides an opportunity to better meet the needs and expectations of people applying for social housing.

05/03/2014

Blog

An ageing population, health and wellbeing and housing

Sarah Davis, senior policy and practice officer at The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), reflects on the recent announcement about the White Paper as she discusses the need for housing to go hand in hand with health and wellbeing.

24/07/2012

Blog

An anti-social year for CIH?

Debbie Larner, head of professional practice, looks at all things asb

11/02/2011

Blog

An inspirational wet Saturday in Newbridge - Housing Camp Cymru

After fighting his way south through wind, rain and gales Paul Diggory made it to the inaugural Housing Camp Cymru and wrote a short recap of the day for us.

18/11/2015

Blog

Apprenticeship Levy – What does it mean for Wales?

In the July 2015 Budget, the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills announced the introduction of a new levy on all ‘large employers’ to fund apprenticeships in the Spending review and autumn statement 2015. Kevin Howell has spent some time trying to find out the impact of the apprenticeship levy on organisations working solely in Wales. This is what we know so far:

28/07/2016

Blog

Are organisations meeting the housing needs of the people of Scotland?

Alan Ferguson, Director (CIH Scotland),

25/02/2011

Blog

Are we returning to policy making on political whim?

In a blog first published in Inside Housing, Chief Executive Grainia Long comments on announcements made during David Cameron's speech on Monday 19 November, arguing that the prime minister’s drive to reduce red tape could undermine informed policy making. Is bureacracy in the planning system holding up growth? If there are no mechanisms in place to assess policy impact, will already disadavantaged groups lose out?

22/11/2012

Blog

Are work-place qualifications the key to developing brilliant practitioners?

Rich Warrington, Head of Strategic Partnerships, discusses

19/08/2011

Blog

Are you a Rising Star?

Rising Stars 2012, CIH and Inside Housing's competition to find the future leaders of the sector, is now open for entries. Have you got what it takes?

14/03/2012

Blog

Are you an advice giving junkie?

Sarah Smith, CIH associate trainer, offers her thoughts on knowing when to let go as a manager.

22/02/2012

Blog

Are you involved in the private rented sector? Tell us about your amazing work!

CIH policy and public affairs officer Justin Cartwright runs through a new category for the private rented sector in the upcoming CIH Housing Awards for Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

11/11/2014

Blog

Are you ready for welfare reform?

Written by Colin Wiles, associate, CIH consultancy

20/12/2011

Blog

Asset management: facing the challenges, seizing the opportunities

How can social housing providers make sure they are offering the right homes of the right quality in the right places? At ‘working together to redefine asset management’ in Belfast, CIH will lead the conversation on a fresh, new approach to asset management – Richard Medley, director of assets & neighbourhoods at CIH consultancy, explains more.

12/08/2015

Blog

At least we all agree about something - housing matters

06/04/2016

Blog

Autumn presidential update

President, Robin Lawler, tells us about his work during the last half of 2012 and outlines the latest updates from CIH in his blog, including highlights from the first CIH seminar on social media in the housing sector, the appointment of Cecilia Keaveney as our new director in Northern Ireland and details of how Robin has been making links with members across the UK.

19/11/2012

Blog

Awards judging panel chair in call for nominations

In the lead up to close of nominations for the CIH 2016 Housing Awards this Friday 4 December, we catch up with the chair of the judging panel David McCallum who tells us a little about him and his views on the awards.

02/12/2015

Blog

Axe the tenant tax?

Recent tax changes for private landlords work against improving energy efficiency in rented accommodation, argues CIH Northern Ireland policy and public affairs manager Justin Cartwright.

07/06/2017

Blog

Be a part of it

Rosie Heath, Digital Communications Project Officer, introduces our new website survey and asks for your feedback to help us improve

13/03/2012

Blog

Be Bold in your career

Keen to give your career a boost but not sure where to start? Diana Taseva, Customer services co-ordinator at CIH Scotland, says continuing professional development is a brilliant way of working out the next steps you want to take.

17/05/2017

Blog

Be prepared - some top camping tips!

Before tickets go on ‘sale’, one of our intrepid camp organisers Emma Howells, from United Welsh Housing Association, blogs on some top tips to make sure you become a happy camper.

30/09/2015

Blog

Bedroom tax bandwagons in Scotland

David Bookbinder, head of policy and public affairs at CIH Scotland shares his thoughts on the 'hype' and 'bandwagons' resulting from the introduction of the 'bedroom tax', notably the 'no eviction' policies adopted by a number of SNP-led councils.

04/04/2013

Blog

Bedroom Tax blog - heads in the sand?

As one of the first witnesses to the Bedroom Tax Inquiry being held by the UK Parliament’s Scottish Affairs Committee last week, David Bookbinder, CIH Scotland's head of policy and public affairs, finds some MPs failing to grasp the full extent and impact of the government's reforms.

17/06/2013

Blog

Bedroom tax proposals should be scrapped in Northern Ireland, says CIH NI

The bedroom tax is causing hardship and suffering across Great Britain, says CIH Northern Ireland policy and public affairs officer Justin Cartwright. The policy isn’t fair, doesn’t work and shouldn’t be introduced in Northern Ireland.

03/09/2014

Blog

Being an effective leader is not that difficult, you just have to do it!

Paul Roberts, Newydd Housing Association chief executive, gives us a flavour of his upcoming session at our conference on building an effective workforce. Newydd has achieved impressive rankings in several workforce studies and was recently named as 7th best housing association to work for in the UK.

22/06/2016

Blog

Being social online at CIH

The CIH marketing team have been experimenting with online platforms. Find out what’s worked for us and read the things we love about social media.

14/08/2012

Blog

Benefit claimants are the new miners - growing grass roots activism

Sian James, real life star of the film Pride, spoke at TAI 2015 about her experiences of the miners' strike and her route from grass roots activism to political representative. Paul Diggory was part of the audience and recounts a spell-binding session for us.

08/05/2015

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Better services for homeless people

How can the government's gold standard programme help local authorities improve their homelessness services? National Practitioner Support Service manager Tracy Hendren explains.

28/10/2013

Blog

Big changes to renting a home - what you need to know

CIH member? Rent a home in Wales or work in Welsh Housing? Read our factsheet.

20/04/2016

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Blog: #useyourvote!

In the build up to the 2016 Scottish elections, Annie Mauger, executive director for the devolved nations at CIH, blogs on what we are asking of the election candidates in our Agenda for Change and what housing questions you might want to ask your local candidate too.

12/04/2016

Blog

Blog: assessing the impact of LHA caps for young people living in Scotland

Read the latest blog from CIH Scotland policy and practice manager Ashley Campbell on new research by Indigo House Group into the impact of LHA caps on young people, in partnership with CIH Scotland and the Scottish Government.

24/03/2017

Blog

Blog: Dementia...everyone can make a difference!

As CIH Scotland, in association with Arneil Johnston, embarks on the latest phase of its dementia programme, project manager Lyn Jardine shares some of her reflections on dementia care in Scotland and blogs about the key role of housing in delivering person-centred approaches for our ageing population.

08/08/2016

Blog

Blog: letting agents need to get in gear

As the Scottish Government publishes new guidance on the registration of letting agents in Scotland, CIH Scotland's new blog highlights the importance of planning ahead for the September 2018 deadline.

27/02/2017

Blog

Blog: My housing story - Ashley Campbell, CIH Scotland

Ashley Campbell, policy and practice manager at CIH Scotland, shares her housing story for Scottish Housing Day.

06/09/2016

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Blog: On conference programmes and cake...

Helen Northmore, newly appointed director at CIH Cymru, has found the launch of the TAI programme invaluable in seeing a cross-section of the work of the housing sector in Wales.

12/02/2015

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Blog: Rejoice – house prices are up at last

David Bookbinder, head of policy and public affairs at CIH Scotland, notes the reaction to this week’s reports of house price increases in Scotland.

13/08/2013

Blog

Blog: reviewing the Scottish Social Housing Charter

As the Scottish Government looks to review the Scottish Social Housing Charter, CIH Scotland's policy and practice co-ordinator Susanne Webster blogs about the recent series of consultation events and considers what is likely to be included in the new Charter when it comes into force in April 2017.

27/07/2016

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Blog: The future of SHASC

In the face of funding cuts for the Scottish Housing and Support Conference (SHASC), the SHASC Working Group is seeking your views on the future of this annual event.

08/08/2017

Blog

Blog: The role of housing in dementia support

As CIH Scotland, in partnership with Arneil Johnston, prepares to complete the second phase of its housing and dementia programme at the end of this year, housing consultant Jim Hayton reflects on the recent series of workshops looking at the role of housing professionals in supporting people with dementia.

18/10/2016

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Blog: Universal Basic Income

Universal Basic Income offers a guaranteed level of income to every individual. In Scotland they are set to pilot the scheme in Fife. The issue was discussed at one of the keynote sessions at CIH Scotland’s #Housingfestival2017 in Glasgow’s SEC Centre. CIH Cymru Director, Matt Dicks listened into the debate which threw up a very surprising result.

14/03/2017

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Blog: Where does housing feature in the Scottish Government’s “most ambitious plan ever”?

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has today (05 September) set out the Programme for Government for 2017/18. A wide ranging set of 16 Bills covering everything from education to the economy and the environment. There were also some promising statements on housing, homelessness and fuel poverty – but are the plans ambitious enough? Our policy and practice manager Ashley Campbell offers some thoughts.

05/09/2017

Blog

Brexit: Unknown unknowns and deep divisions

The High Court ruling on triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty puts a constitutional spanner in the Brexit process but it’s no show stopper, says Paul Hackett, director at the Smith Institute. The UK is heading for Brexit, and the challenge is now how to make the best of it and heal a nation distracted and deeply divided.

09/11/2016

Blog

Budget 2012: What could it mean for housing?

The forthcoming budget is likely to impact housing, with announcements expected on property taxation, green issues, welfare and homeownership. Our policy team outline exactly what they would like to see in the Chancellor's announcement.

19/03/2012

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Budget 2012: will government U-turn on council housing self-financing?

Read the blog Grainia Long wrote for The Guardian Housing Network on the Budget 2012.

22/03/2012

Blog

Budget 2016 – What does it mean for Welsh housing?

During his much anticipated budget speech 2016, the Chancellor said that we must act now so we don’t pay later. The economic forecast was revised down, and there were some major announcements for policy areas in England on education and further public spending cuts. So did this budget address key issues in Wales; tackling poverty, the on-going shortage of homes and building our economy? Kevin Howell takes a look...

22/03/2016

Blog

Building more homes in Wales - yes we can!

As part of TAI 2015 we ran a seminar focused on the nitty gritty of delivering the homes that Wales so desperately needs. Helen Northmore, seminar chair and director of CIH Cymru, summarises the session for us.

30/04/2015

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Building on Strengths

Sarah Smith, CIH associate trainer, details how to build on your strengths to create success.

21/02/2012

Blog

Building the recovery

Director of Policy and Practice Gavin Smart discusses why government can’t afford to ignore housing in its growth plans.

25/07/2012

Blog

Business transformation in the housing sector

Abi Davies, Assistant Director of Policy & Practice, discusses what a successful housing organisation might look like in the future.

08/04/2011

Blog

Can the housing sector help boost social mobility?

Abigail Davies, Assistant Director of Policy and Practice, discusses how housing policy can help – or hinder – social mobility.

25/08/2011

Blog

Can we stagnate our way out of this?

Richard Capie, Deputy Chief Executive, discusses home ownership

07/02/2011

Blog

Celebrate success at the Chartered Institute of Housing Awards 2016

Housing professionals and organisations from across Ireland are being invited to showcase their achievements, as CIH director for the Republic of Ireland Nicola McCrudden explains.

14/10/2015

Blog

Celebrating excellence in housing

Chief Executive Grainia Long outlines why the UK Housing Awards are more important than ever in a time of change - and how they can help you to improve your services, learn from innovations across the sector, and help us to drive up standards in housing.

30/11/2012

Blog

Celebrating Scotland's housing leaders: who will you nominate?

Read the latest blog from CIH Scotland's policy and practice manager Ashley Campbell on how you can nominate for this year's Inside Housing Scottish Leaders' List.

04/04/2017

Blog

Celebrating the professionalism of CIH members

CIH policy and public affairs officer Justin Cartwright announces the shortlist for CIH Housing Professional of the Year at the Housing Awards 2015 in Belfast.

28/01/2015

Blog

Challenge, choice and opportunity

Helen Collins, CIH Vice President, discusses the arrival of the HCA Investment Framework

18/02/2011

Blog

Challenging social housing stereotypes

For some people social housing is synonymous with benefits, for others the image of a run-down community or of problem tenants instantly springs to mind. What can we do to challenge these perceptions? We've summarised the ideas and views of three speakers from our North East conference earlier this month.

28/11/2016

Blog

Changes to starter homes represents significant shift

The change to the government's policy on starter homes outlined in the housing white paper is a positive move, says policy and practice officer David Pipe.

21/03/2017

Blog

Changing the way we think about disability

Policy officer John Thornhill reflects on how the Paralympics can inspire and empower people across the UK to challenge negative attitudes to disability.

31/08/2012

Blog

Chartered membership explained

As we start to invite members to renew for 2013 let’s take a look at what it means to be a chartered member including the routes, the benefits and opinions from people in the sector.

14/11/2012

Blog

CIH book describes Northern Ireland’s distinct housing market

CIH has just published a brand new edition of the book Housing in Northern Ireland, edited by Peter Shanks and David Mullins. Here CIH policy adviser John Perry, one of the authors, gives a flavour of what the new book offers.

29/06/2016

Blog

CIH Cymru leads way on board gender balance

Members of the Chartered Institute of Housing in Wales have elected a board that is 60% female, accurately mirroring the proportion of women amongst it members.

31/03/2014

TAI

CIH Cymru says more clarity needed on latest housebuilding rates

Following the recent Welsh Government publication of housebuilding rates for 2016/17 CIH Cymru said that the figures were to be welcomed.

08/06/2017

Blog

CIH Cymru says Welsh housing must make the case to new MPs on non-housing issues

Housing professionals across Wales will have watched the general election with a keen interest. However, because housing is a devolved issue, big headlines from England about manifesto commitments and the English housing minister losing his seat will have made little impact.

09/06/2017

Blog

CIH Housing Benefit Impact Calculator: What have we learned so far?

Alan Brownson, CIH consultancy associate, summarises and reflects on the calculator results from recent CIH Housing Benefit Impact Calculator clients.

01/02/2012

Blog

CIH in South East Asia

Roger Keller, Head of Education talks about his visit to Hong Kong

29/06/2011

Blog

CIH NI annual conference round-up

New tools for new challenges was the theme of CIH Northern Ireland's annual conference which took place this week in Belfast - we've put together some of the highlights to give you a taste of the event.

15/05/2015

Blog

CIH NI says strategy is key to tackling antisocial behaviour

Commenting on the Department for Social Development’s proposal for an Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) Bill, Justin Cartwright, policy and public affairs officer at the Chartered Institute of Housing in Northern Ireland, said: “We are concerned that the main proposal – to introduce short secure tenancies – may be used to fast track evictions instead of providing support to vulnerable individuals and households.

25/03/2014

Blog

CIH NI vision for a housing system that works for everyone

Setting up an independent social housing regulator and licensing private landlords would help to create a better housing system, says CIH NI policy and public affairs officer Justin Cartwright.

12/05/2015

Blog

CIH NI welcomes innovative infrastructure fund announced in budget

Northern Ireland’s draft budget 2015-16 was announced yesterday. CIH NI policy and public affairs officer Justin Cartwright welcomes its innovative Investment Fund, but warns the worst is yet to come for housing cuts.

04/11/2014

Blog

CIH NI welcomes new Private Rented Access Scheme for Homeless

CIH NI policy and public affairs officer Justin Cartwright welcomes a new scheme from the Housing Executive and SmartMove NI that aims to tackle homelessness.

18/06/2014

Blog

CIH NI welcomes proposals for developer contributions

CIH NI policy and public affairs officer Justin Cartwright reviews the long road to proposals for developer contributions. He says the policy will provide both social housing and balanced communities.

11/06/2014

Blog

CIH president braves torrential rain to raise money for charity

Robin Lawler has completed his charity bike ride from Harrogate to Manchester for the Foyer Federation.

06/06/2012

Blog

CIH trainee scheme changes lives

Eileen Barron, neighbourhood officer for Aster Communities tells us about her experiences of CIH's Positive Action for Disability trainee scheme - a programme that enables disabled people to gain the experience and qualifications needed to start a trailblazing career in housing.

26/11/2012

Blog

CIH welcomes emphasis on building more social homes in new Part V proposals

The government’s reforms to Part V requirements for developers were announced yesterday. CIH policy and public affairs officer Justin Cartwright argues the reforms could get more social homes on the ground.

03/10/2014

Blog

CIH welcomes new Housing Minister Mark Prisk

It's a new term and time for a fresh start for some. Keep up-to-date with the latest news about the Prime Minister's cabinet reshuffle and how the housing industry might be affected.

04/09/2012

Blog

Claire's housing journey - New Housing Professional 2017

We asked our New Housing Professional finalists to blog for us on their housing journey, and what they think makes housing a rewarding career. Here's our first finalist, Claire Twamley from Cartrefi Conwy.

28/03/2017

TAI

Coffee & a Brexit anyone?

Liz Maher, of Centurion VAT, previews our upcoming webinar on the implications of Brexit for the VAT system, and what that will mean for housing organisations throughout the sector

28/07/2016

Blog

Collective thinking

Kevin Howell, CIH Cymru director, invites members of CIH Cymru to the Regeneration Skills Collective Wales hustings next month, and shares the collective’s new joint manifesto ahead of the fifth term of the National Assembly for Wales

29/03/2016

Blog

Cooperative Housing: advancing the approach

Community-led by its very nature – co-operative housing has quickly become a crucial cog in increasing the supply of affordable homes. Dave Palmer previews his session at TAI 2017 where you can learn more about the nuts and bolts of delivering the model in practice.

04/04/2017

TAI

Coping with floods: one year on from Storm Desmond

As the forecast suggests more wet and windy conditions could be on the way, Niki Walton from CIH's policy and practice team takes a look back to how housing organisations handled the floods last December.

22/12/2016

Blog

Costs for low income PRS households increasingly unaffordable

Commenting on the Department for Social Development’s report on the impact of changes to housing benefit and local housing allowances on the private rented sector, Justin Cartwright, policy and public affairs officer at the Chartered Institute of Housing in Northern Ireland, said: “This report highlights an on-going issue for people on low incomes who are living in the private rented sector – their housing costs are becoming increasingly unaffordable.

12/03/2014

Blog

Credits where it's due - changes to training at CIH Cymru

CIH Cymru is always looking to raise standards in the sector and help housing professionals be great at their jobs. Today we’re announcing some big changes to our programme of learning to do just that. To get an idea of how the changes will work we put a few questions to Sonia Dorothy, learning and development co-ordinator.

10/07/2015

Blog

Crisis in housing featured in latest Housing Ireland journal

When I met with the Journal’s editorial panel in Dublin one sunny morning in January this year, it soon became clear it wasn’t a matter of what to write on, but what not to write on. Housing is in crisis, and the effects go wide and deep.

07/04/2014

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David's housing journey - New Housing Professional 2017

We asked our New Housing Professional finalists to blog for us on their housing journey, and what they think makes housing a rewarding career. Here's our second finalist, David Roberts from Newport City Homes.

04/04/2017

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'Being part of CIH's presidential team is a brilliant chance to make a difference'

As the search to find CIH’s new vice president begins we spoke to current vice president Alison Inman to find out what she’s enjoyed most about the role and more.

05/05/2017

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'It was the right time to enhance my housing career prospects'

Lawrie Murphy recently finished studying towards CIH's Level 4 Certificate, a one-year vocational qualification which focuses on housing strategy, policy and theory. While he was learning, we caught up with him to see how he was getting on and find out why the Level 4 has proved vital to his career development.

29/09/2016

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'Rising Stars gave me a foothold in my career, don't think about it, do it!'

With just a few weeks to go to enter CIH and Inside Housing’s Rising Stars competition we spoke to last year’s winner Alice Smith, who recently joined CIH as our new business development manager, to find out about her experiences of the competition and what has happened since.

30/01/2017

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'Shared ownership should be a core part of the sector's offer.'

Shared ownership is no longer a niche product, says Rooftop Housing Group chief executive Boris Worrall, as his organisation becomes the latest to sign up to our shared ownership charter.

23/05/2017

Feature

A distance learning student's story

Elsa Ward has been working in homelessness services for more than 16 years and we wanted to find out how her CIH distance learning studies has helped her career.

05/07/2012

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A Rising Star’s top tips for communicating effectively with young people

People say that teenagers make the toughest audiences. Catherine Attenborough, one of this year’s Rising Stars finalists, shares what she’s learned about communicating effectively with this age group during the competition.

13/05/2013

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A shared future

A new charter for shared ownership has the potential to transform the tenure and the experience of customers, says Paul Richards, executive director of customer services at Orbit.

16/05/2017

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A strategic housing team doesn't build houses; it enables supports and encourages them to be built by a range of partners

We spoke to housing strategy and partnership manager, Graham Demax at Nottingham City Council ahead of their webinar on 10 August to talk about winning the award 'Outstanding strategic local authority of the year' as part of the UK Housing Award Winners.

17/07/2017

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An update from CIH's South East board chair

Anne Chapman, the chair of our South East board, gives an update on what's been happening in the region.

04/04/2017

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Annual General Meeting 2014 M

Chartered Institute of Housing Annual General Meeting 2014 was held on Wednesday 14 May 2014

19/05/2014

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Annual membership survey M

This month we're inviting members from across the UK to tell us their views about their membership and professional development. Entries can win their 2015 membership subscription in a prize draw.

10/03/2014

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Another opportunity for social housing providers: The changing school environment

Sarah Morton, one of the three finalists in Rising Stars 2013, explores how the changing school environment could be an opportunity for the housing industry to engage with children and young people.

13/05/2013

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Apprenticeships: what's an end point assessment and why do housing organisations need to know?

Housing apprenticeships in England are changing. As NVQs leave stage left, end point assessments enter stage right. CIH education manager Sarah Pallett explains what housing organisations training apprentices need to know.

14/06/2017

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Autumn Statement - call for views

We need your help in our continued call for government commitment to shared ownership.

23/08/2016

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Board member recruitment

Could you be a CIH East Midlands board member?

22/02/2016

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Breakfast briefing summary – January 26, Hinckley

CIH East Midlands hosted a well-attended breakfast briefing in January. We were pleased to have CIH chief executive Terrie Alafat present to offer a frank assessment of where she sees the challenges for housing professionals in these days of seismic change for the sector.

22/02/2016

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Briefing explores barriers to house building in West Midlands

A breakfast briefing hosted by CIH's West Midlands Board heard from Gavin Smart, CIH deputy chief executive and Roy Irwin, strategic policy advisor with Mears and former chief inspector for the Audit Commission, housing association CEO and local authority director

12/01/2017

Feature

Building your resilience for success at work

This free short webinar, exclusive to CIH members is designed to help members in their career and support them to succeed. The webinar will be held on Thursday 14 May 11am - for up to one hour.

09/04/2015

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Calling all Universities, are you maximising the opportunities for your students?

Many undergraduate and post-graduate qualifications contain housing content which could enable students to achieve CIH chartered member status or recognition. Shirley Morris, validation officer at CIH explains how universities can maximise the opportunities for students who are studying housing content/modules/qualifications through the CIH validation service.

20/01/2017

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Capital Views: interview with Debansu Das

In each edition of Capital Views we catch up with a member of the London Board, this time it's the turn of Debansu Das, our communications lead.

19/12/2016

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Celebration in London marks CIH centenary

On 8 and 9 December CIH hosted a series of celebrations to mark its centenary. London and South East Boards hosted a lively networking event to mark CIH at 100.

19/12/2016

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Challenges facing London explored at London Board event

The Drink Think Tank - DTT7 - was held on 30 November with guest speaker Tom Copley, Labour Housing Spokesperson for the London Assembly.

19/12/2016

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CIH Canada webinar: Building your organisation's future leaders now M

Find out more about how to create the housing leaders of the future in this member-exclusive video.

23/02/2016

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CIH Canada webinar: Frontline futures - a changing mindset for service delivery M

Find out how frontline roles are changing in this member-only webinar

23/02/2016

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CIH Canada webinar: Perfecting the pitch - packaging housing for politicians and voters  M

Find out more about how to package an easy-to-understand and compelling message in this member-exclusive webinar.

23/02/2016

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CIH Canada webinar: Planning for the next generation - attracting and motivating Generation Y  M

Find out more about how we can prepare for the next generation of housing professionals in this member-exclusive webinar.

23/02/2016

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CIH Eastern region conference - save the dates

This year’s conference will be held on 10 - 12 November so make sure you save the dates as it promises to be better than ever!

09/04/2015

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CIH events debrief papers M

Below are debrief papers from our most recent events for you to download.

01/05/2016

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CIH members: Have your say M

We’re inviting CIH members to take part in a ballot on three important areas from this week.

07/10/2013

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CIH Presidential dinner

In February, ten representatives from the East Midlands attended the CIH Presidential dinner at the Natural History Museum, London. This was a great opportunity to network with others and to hear from speakers, including CIH President Geraldine Howley and John Healey MP.

22/02/2016

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CIH Scotland AGM 2014 M

The CIH Scotland 2014 annual general meeting took place at the SECC, Glasgow, as part of the CIH Scotland annual conference and exhibition on 12 March 2014.

13/03/2014

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CIH South East Awards bigger and better than ever

The CIH South East Awards were back for 2017 and this year we had with more applications than ever!

04/04/2017

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CIH South West - social media

David Bull FCIH has taken on the new responsibility of administrating and controlling the CIH SW Twitter account.

24/10/2016

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CIH South West board - member survey

Recently the South West board organised a survey of its SW members to better understand what matters most to you and how we can best support your professional needs moving forward.

24/10/2016

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CIH vice president and vice chair recognised in Queen's birthday honours

CIH vice president Alison Inman and governing board vice chair Geraldine Howley have both been awarded an OBE in the Queen's birthday honours list.

17/06/2017

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CIH's Midlands Awards - bigger and better than ever before

The awards - designed to showcase the very best examples of good practice from around the sector - took place at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry, on 10 November.

16/11/2016

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Collecting payments for major works - what should we know?

CIH trainer John Shortridge explains what to expect from his upcoming leasehold management course (8 November, Coventry).

01/11/2016

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Council housing team boosts skills with CIH qualifications

More than 35 housing professionals at Hull City Council have achieved CIH qualifications as part of a two-year bespoke training programme. We spoke to neighbourhoods and housing practice manager Ria Toutountzi to find out how the council and its staff will benefit.

12/10/2017

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Day one at Housing 2013

Thousands joined us as we opened the doors at Manchester Central on Tuesday. Here are the highlights from day one at Housing 2013.

26/06/2013

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Day two at Housing 2013

Read all the highlights, see the photos and film clips from day two at Manchester Central.

27/06/2013

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Depooling – what are the challenges?

CIH consultant, David Smethurst, has worked as a frontline practitioner in housing for 20 years. In an attempt to uncover the confusion around depooling, David provides us with an insight into what depooling is, how it can create problems and why it’s important.

26/03/2012

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Don't miss your chance to vote for CIH Vice President

The closing date for the receipt of ballot papers is Monday 30 January at 6pm

26/01/2012

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Drink think tank 6

Drink think tanks are a forum for CIH London members to debate the key subjects and pose questions on many relevant housing issues. The sixth session in this popular series took place just before Christmas.

19/04/2016

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Eastern Outlook: New care home for Bedford

Bedford Citizens Housing Association (BCHA) is in phase one of its £11 million redevelopment located in Kimbolton Road, Bedford.

09/04/2015

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Eastern Outlook: Next lunch & learn events

We have another round of lunch & learns coming up in May so here’s some advance warning of the dates.

09/04/2015

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Eastern Outlook: £150k to help local people into work

The Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough LEP has invested £150,000 into three voluntary and social enterprises to help get local people back into paid work.

09/04/2015

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EM Update: 50 years a CIH member!

This year, East Midlands Board Member David Greatorex celebrates 50 years as a member of CIH – we asked him to share his membership journey with us.

18/12/2014

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EM Update: Health and housing event

In November, the East Midlands Board held a very successful event on the topic of health and housing in Kettering.

18/12/2014

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EM Update: Membership benefits

During 2014 CIH has introduced even more benefits for being a member - some of the most popular benefits where you live included free regional events (including the first ever East Midlands student conference) and free webinars on topics including equality and diversity and tenant scrutiny.

18/12/2014

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EM Update: What does the East Midlands housing crisis look like?

CIH and NHF have both recently published reports that give valuable insight into the housing crisis facing the East Midlands as a whole, but also how this varies from one authority area to another.

18/12/2014

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Emma Lindley - Rising Star finalist 2014

Read the latest information on Emma and her campaign

27/05/2014

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Financing the future

Neil Merrick investigates approaches to funding new social and affordable housing around the UK and finds significant differences

25/01/2012

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General Election 2017: Housing and welfare infographic

Get up to speed with what each of the three main political parties are saying on housing and welfare with our manifesto infographic.

24/05/2017

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Get engaged!

There are many benefits to being a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing - as a member you have access to a wide range of information and resources, including guides and briefings full of practical tips and access to member-only webinars on hot housing topics.

12/02/2016

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Get on board!

From 15 February 2016, the West Midlands board will be actively seeking to appoint new board members for a three year term of office.

12/02/2016

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Health in All Policies - what's it all about?

Did you know that 50 per cent of the factors which determine the quality of a person’s health are social, economic and political? Taking healthy life expectancy as an example, people in the poorest neighbourhoods live on average seven years less long than those in the richest areas and can expect to live with 17 years of life-limiting illness.

12/02/2016

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Homes for Londoners - exec briefing

In early November CIH welcomed Jamie Ratcliffe, Assistant Director for Housing at the Greater London Authority, to talk to members about Homes for Londoners. We thought our members would be particularly interested in this subject so made sure we could report back. Below are some of the key areas covered in a lively session.

19/12/2016

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Housing organisations are opening up to disabled professionals

A scheme from CIH is helping disabled people to work in housing.

07/11/2011

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Housing professionals take the plunge for Crisis

Staff at Bradford housing group Incommunities are taking the plunge in support of national homeless charity Crisis and are inviting businesses and housing partners to back them.

07/06/2017

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Housing staff in the swim for charity

Five colleagues from Bradford housing group Incommunities have taken the plunge into the icy waters of Lake Windermere to round off five months of charity fundraising.

12/06/2017

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How online learning helped me to reach my career goals

Peter Fisher, senior accommodation officer for Ipswich Borough Council, chose to study online with CIH to gain the qualifications he needed to move into a management role. He tell us about his experiences of online learning with CIH.

06/12/2013

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I didn’t realise how much I had to say before I joined the conversation

Ahead of The Big Conversation event taking place in Brighton in March we caught up with Dave Gibson, project planner at Lumia Homes, to find out what he made of the recent Leeds event.

16/02/2017

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In-house qualifications are a huge success!

Our Level 2 Certificate in Housing Practice is the one of the most popular qualifications we run. In 2011, we started to deliver our qualifications in-house, enabling housing organisations to train several employees at the same time, at a date and location convenient to them.

06/08/2012

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Instagram live: Human library M

Missed the intstagram live session with Evie Copland? Find out all about her career journey in housing and advise.

06/10/2017

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James Caspell - Rising Star finalist 2014

Read the latest information on James and his campaign

27/05/2014

Feature

Julie Fadden: Our welfare system should provide for the most vulnerable in society

Vice President candidate Julie Fadden shares her views on the bedroom tax.

20/03/2015

Feature

Latest learners from Gypsy and Traveller course graduate

A CIH course helps achieve positive outcomes for Gypsies and Travellers.

16/11/2011

Feature

Leading diversity by 2020 - the challenges

CIH's Presidential Commission on leadership and diversity is calling on housing organisations to sign up to and deliver against 10 challenges by 2020.

24/06/2015

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Leading diversity, making it happen

Diversity remains an issue in housing and at senior levels the sector remains pale, male and stale. So how can executives lead diversity from the top? Kate Dodsworth, executive director of people and strategy at Amicus Horizon and chair of our London board, will explore this in detail at our executive briefing on 16 January. We spoke to Kate ahead of the event to find out more.

11/01/2017

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Legal update - an overview

The West Midlands regional board's first event of the year was the very popular 'legal update', held at Stafford & Rural Homes. The presentation was delivered by Paul Lloyd of Whiteheads Solicitors and the event attracted over 60 enthusiastic delegates. The update covered many of the main pieces of legislation and case law which have been implemented in the past twelve months as well as looking at what is on the horizon for the housing sector.

12/02/2016

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London - board member biographies

Catch up with the London regional board.

26/10/2016

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Lunch and learn: repairs and maintenance – event summary

In November the East Midlands board held a ‘lunch and learn’ event which focused on the subject of delivering repairs and maintenance in the new landscape.

22/02/2016

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Making a positive difference

Housing and Disability Equality - A New Approach. This article first appeared in the January 2010 issue of 'Housing' the magazine for CIH members.

05/02/2010

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Meet new team member Ruth Cullen as she settles into her role as customer services coordinator

We wanted to take this opportunity to introduce our new customer services coordinator, Ruth Cullen and tell you about some of the exciting initiatives that we are putting in place for our members in Northern Ireland.

02/06/2017

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Meet the member: Aboubacar Sylla, Cert CIH

We caught up with CIH certified practitioner Aboubacar Sylla, service charge officer at Yorkshire Coast Homes to find out the importance of CIH membership for him.

30/03/2017

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Meet the member: Emma Lindley, FCIH

We caught up with CIH fellow Emma Lindley, quality and standards manager at East Midlands Housing Association to find out why CIH membership has been such an important career move for her.

16/03/2017

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Meet the member: Mark Hillary, FCIH

We caught up with CIH fellow Mark Hillary, CIH/CHS tutor to find out why fellowship has been such an important career move for him.

11/05/2017

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Meet your new South West board members

Say hello to the newest additions to CIH's SW board.

24/10/2016

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Member election panel survey M

Take a look at the results of our recent Member Election Panel survey, showing which our members thought were the best and worst policies for housing from the three main parties.

11/12/2014

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Member survey - CIH magazine M

In July 2012, we relaunched CIH magazine, our member magazine (this is not Inside Housing, but is published as an insert to Inside Housing magazine every other month). A year on, we'd like to know what you think of your magazine - please take just 5 minutes to answer the following questions.

31/07/2013

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Message from your South West board chair

Barbara Shaw, chief executive at Westward Housing and CIH South West board chair, brings members up to date with what the board has been up to.

24/10/2016

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Message to all CIH members M

This statement was made at the CIH AGM by Turlogh O’Brien, chair of the Governing Board, on 1 May 2013.

01/05/2013

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Midlands Awards a big success

The CIH Midlands Awards attracted significant support and interest from leading housing industry organisations and individuals.

12/01/2017

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New qualification will help tenants live more sustainably

CIH has developed a new qualification to help residents reduce their carbon footprint.

09/11/2011

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Nicola Laycock - Rising Star finalist 2014

Read the latest information on Nicola and her campaign

27/05/2014

Feature

OneCIH 2015 presentations M

Copies of available presentations delivered at OneCIH 2015

12/06/2015

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Points West: CIH SW Conference and Exhibition 15 – 17 April 2015

2015 will be an exciting year for CIH SW’s popular annual showcase event, with a new focus and brand new venue.

19/12/2014

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Points West: Homes for Britain – help us end the housing crisis in a generation

The next general election is the time to make it happen. That is why organisations from across every corner of the housing world have joined forces to create the Homes for Britain campaign.

19/12/2014

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Points West: My time as a housing apprentice

CIH South West’s youngest board member Jordan McKenna shares his experience starting out as a housing apprentice at Cirencester Housing

19/12/2014

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Points West: The Other Housing Event

The seventh CIH SW ‘Other Housing Event’ took place at the Palace Hotel in Torquay on 20 -21 November. This popular two-day event was well attended by frontline housing professionals working in the south west and expertly chaired by BBC News home editor, Mark Easton.

19/12/2014

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Presentations from How to build an effective workforce 2016

The How to build an effective workforce event took place on Tuesday 13 September 2016 at the Park Plaza hotel, Cardiff.

15/09/2016

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Presentations from Living in the city

Below you'll find presentations from CIH Northern Ireland's Living in the city seminar

26/05/2017

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Presentations from Making the rental strategy work

Here you can upload pdfs from each of the presentations at the conference

30/05/2017

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Presentations from PRS Summit 2015

Check out the presentations from the PRS Summit 2105 which took place on 15 July at the Future Inn, Cardiff Bay

17/07/2015

Feature

Preventing and tackling tenancy fraud M

Find out more about the member exclusive webinar with expert Fleur Priest-Stephens.

04/06/2013

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Recap: #Beyondregen2

Back in October, CIH's North West regional board spent the day exploring the current landscape for regeneration and housing’s place within it. Missed out? Want to catch up on what went on? Here's what you'll need.

08/11/2016

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Right to buy agreement deadline approaching

In March the government announced a reinvigorated policy on right-to-buy and one-for-one replacement. Agreements have now been sent to councils, and the deadline to sign is fast approaching.

21/06/2012

Feature

Rising Star Peter Bond: Campaign update

Peter Bond, one of this year's Rising Stars finalists, outlines how he has found the competition so far and what's in store for the weeks ahead.

13/05/2013

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Scotland Conference: Day three

The final day of CIH Scotland's Annual Conference and Exhibition 2013 opened with an address from Chief Executive Grainia Long and a keynote session on ending the recession. Other highlights included an interview with Professor Duncan Maclennan from St Andrew's University, and sub-plenaries on welfare reform, the green deal, and vulnerable communities.

15/03/2013

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Scotland Conference: Day two

Day two of CIH Scotland's Annual Conference and Exhibition 2013 featured a debate on the implications of greater powers for Scotland, an interview with Chair of the Scottish Housing Regulator, Kay Blair, and a session focusing on how we can make affordable housing for all a priority.

13/03/2013

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Shared Ownership Week

Shared Ownership Week runs from September 15 to 21 - here's how you can get involved.

23/08/2016

Feature

South East awards: The winners

During the conference, more than 200 people celebrated the achievement of those who had submitted entries for the CIH South East awards.

17/03/2016

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South East conference international keynote: Detroit & Windsor - a tale of two cities

As part of the South East International Group, CIH members and guests recently visited the USA and Canada to look at large scale, inner city decline and regeneration projects. Chris Moquet, CIHSE International Group and Jerry Paffendorf, Loveland Technologies provided an overview of the visit.

17/03/2016

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South East conference international masterclass: India 2016 – a photographic tour

CIH South East International Housing arranges international visits for CIH members (and guests). To date, more than 40 visits to 15 countries on four continents and over 1,000 people have joined the visits.

17/03/2016

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South East conference keynote: Devolution - what are the opportunities?

This was a broad session which covered all aspects of devolution.

17/03/2016

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South East conference keynote: Health and housing

At a time when the housing sector needs land in order to develop new homes, the surplus land held by the NHS could be an excellent partner to assist in the delivery of this increased supply.

17/03/2016

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South East conference keynote: How affordable is affordable?

Having heard at other sessions about the supply of housing, another hot topic for debate was the issue of affordability.

17/03/2016

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South East conference keynote: Walk tall – Simon Weston CBE

Looking back to 1982, the war between Britain and Argentina following the latter’s invasion of the Falkland Islands seems some time ago.

17/03/2016

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South East conference keynote: What’s happening in Whitehall?

With housing having climbed high on the political agenda during recent months, delegates were keen to hear from Gaby Hinsliff - a columnist with the Guardian and former political editor with the Observer - about what needs to be done to keep it there. Gaby acknowledged that there had been a focused shift towards home ownership and that the government’s drive to build new homes does not recognise the need for more affordable housing.

17/03/2016

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South East conference masterclass: Developing a commercial approach

This was a jam-packed session where David Montagu from L&Q, Sharron Webster from Trowers and Hamlins and Matt Vosper, Secure Parking and Storage covered a range of diverse models which could be applied to develop a commercial approach.

17/03/2016

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South East conference masterclass: Reimagining sheltered housing

This was a lively session. Peter Huntbach of Brighton and Hove City Council spoke about applying an “asset and deficit” approach to understand residents’ needs, whilst Jo Linney of CIH provided an overview of the current risks and the links to the health and wellbeing agenda.

17/03/2016

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South East conference masterclass: The growth deal

Within this masterclass there was an explanation about the June 2013 Spending Review which saw the government ask Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) to develop multi-year local economic plans, which would then be used for negotiations on 'growth deals' with the government. These deals would see LEPs awarded funding from the single growth fund, created in the 2013 Spending Review.

17/03/2016

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South West events

The South West housing conference takes place from 10 to 11 May 2017.

24/10/2016

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Stephen Cook - Just the job!

Vice President candidate Stephen Cook discusses the contribution housing associations make to the wider economy.

20/03/2015

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The Big Picture

To celebrate CIH's centenary, we're launching The Big Picture - a photography competition designed to illustrate the real value of housing.

21/11/2016

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The future for tenant scrutiny

John Thornhill examines the latest developments in tenant scrutiny and how housing organisations can make it a success.

14/11/2011

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The Housing Strategy - In-depth comment

In-depth coverage and comment from Abigail Davies, Steve Partridge, Domini Gunn and Karen Doran on the government's Housing Strategy for England.

23/11/2011

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The new ASB, Crime and Policing Act 2014 – opportunities and challenges

The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 has been three to four years in the making, so you’d be forgiven for thinking that all of the relevant partners are on board and ready to go with the new tools.

19/12/2014

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The Octavia club launch

The Octavia club is a new initiative from the CIH London board, aimed at newer members and members studying for a CIH qualification.

19/04/2016

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Three great topics, three amazing offers!

Linking in with our year of practice we have created some exciting offers to make it even easier to improve with us. With special offers on our great range of events around ASB, welfare reform and allocations, make sure you and your organisation don't miss out!

12/07/2012

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Top five tips to make your award submission stand out

The deadline for our regional awards and the Housing Heroes Awards have both been extended but fierce competition means it's really important that you do your work justice. Steve Hayes, communications manager at CIH, gives his top tips on how to make sure your submission stands out.

17/02/2017

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Vice President candidates question and answer session

On 18 January 2012, CIH hosted a question and answer session with the Vice President candidates to help members decide how to vote.

20/01/2012

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Webinar follow up: Housing's role in effective hospital discharge, and wider health and wellbeing services M

Recap on the critical role of housing organisations in achieving effective hospital discharge, hearing from Kelly Webb, assistant director for health and housing needs from First Choice Homes Oldham. You will hear about their hospital to homes service, how they developed the service, and how it is working and new services developing with primary and social care partners to support health and wellbeing through healthy homes.

18/10/2017

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Webinar follow up: Preparing for universal credit live full service M

This webinar reviews the main differences between live and full services. Priya and Yoric, policy and practice officers will outline the problems which are being faced by organisations in areas where full service has already been rolled out, and give examples of best practice in how to prepare for these problems.

11/10/2017

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Webinar video: ASB reforming powers and tools M

Find out more about the member exclusive webinar with Chris Grose and Paul Lloyd.

17/10/2013

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Webinar video: Building your resilience M

Find out more about the member excluisve webinar with Ann Burton.

14/05/2015

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Webinar video: Building your resilience for success at work M

Find out more about the member exclusive webinar with Ann Burton from Training by Design Ltd

05/02/2014

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Webinar video: Careers webinar – my path into housing

Find out more about this webinar with Elly Hoult, Business Improvement Manager, Orbit Group and Angela Ellis, Head of Community Investment, Raven Housing Trust

22/09/2014

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Webinar video: Commercial Skills – making commerciality a reality M

Find out more about the member exclusive webinar with Yvonne Castle of YCChange Consultants.

10/12/2013

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Webinar video: Creating sustainable tenancies M

Find out more about the CIH member exclusive webinar with Charlotte Smith Specialist Advisor in the CIH’s Making Best Use of Stock team and Sharon France New Tenancy Manager, Wakefield and District Housing

05/11/2014

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Webinar video: Developing your local housing offer for health and wellbeing  M

Find out more about the member exclusive webinar with Domini Gunn, Director of Health & Wellbeing at CIH Consultancy

03/12/2013

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Webinar video: Developing your people through a coaching culture M

Find out more about the CIH member exclusive webinar with Yvonne Castle of YCChange Consultants Ltd

18/03/2014

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Webinar Video: Effective responses to anti-social behaviour  M

Find out more about the CIH member exclusive webinar with Chris Grose, Head of ASB Advisory Services at Capsticks solicitors and Dave Lockerman, Head of Housing Management at B3Living

21/01/2015

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Webinar video: Embedding Social Value into Purchasing Activities M

Find out more about the CIH member exclusive webinar with Gary Stephens, Procurement Director, Orbit Services

06/08/2014

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Webinar video: Equality and diversity – breaking down barriers and mainstreaming diversity M

Find out more about the member exclusive webinar with Kulbir Shergill, head of diversity and inclusion at Genesis and John Thornhill, senior policy and practice officer at CIH.

22/01/2014

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Webinar video: Fire safety in housing M

Find out more about the member exclusive webinar with John Thornhill and Jan Taranczuk.

07/08/2013

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Webinar video: General election 2015 – our hopes for housing M

Find out more about the CIH member exclusive webinar with David Pipe CIH Policy & Practice Officer

26/11/2014

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Webinar video: General election 2015 – what will it mean for housing?  M

Find out more about the member exclusive webinar with David Pipe, CIH Policy and Practice Officer.

23/04/2015

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Webinar video: Holiday Pay – Should you be changing your arrangements M

Find out more about the CIH member exclusive video with Matthew Wort, Partner at Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP.

25/11/2014

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Webinar video: Housing and general election – what we know so far M

Find out more about the CIH member exclusive webinar with CIH Policy and practice officer David Pipe

05/08/2014

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Webinar video: Housing options for older people: a new role for retirement housing? M

Find out more the CIH member exclusive webinar with Sarah Davis our CIH expert

02/07/2014

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Webinar video: How should social landlords manage risk in the new commercial operating environment? M

Find out more about the CIH member exclusive webinar with Afzal Ismail, Orbit Services Executive Director and Amandeep Jhawar, Orbit Services Risk and Compliance Director

22/05/2014

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Webinar video: How to increase demand for Hard to Let properties M

Find out more about the member exclusive webinar with Fleur Priest-Stephens specialist advisor, and the manager of the making best use of stock (MBUS) team at CIH.

10/09/2014

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Webinar video: How to…promote mobility among existing tenants  M

Find out more about the CIH member exclusive webinar with Charlotte Smith CIH Specialist Advisor.

29/01/2015

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Webinar video: Is your Data Protection Strategy good enough?  M

Find out more about the member exclusive webinar with Paula Tighe

30/09/2013

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Webinar video: Lean Business Improvement  M

Find out more about the member exclusive webinar with Julian Beaney, Business Services Director of Service Matters.

12/11/2014

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Webinar video: Learning through experience M

Find out more about this CIH member exclusive webinar with David Bramley, Education Officer, CIH

26/03/2014

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Webinar video: Making effective use of adapted properties M

Find out more about the member exclusive webinar with Charlotte Smith, Specialist Advisor in the CIH’s Making Best Use of Stock team.

12/02/2014

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Webinar video: Migration to the UK and its housing implications M

Find out more about the CIH member exclusive webinar with John Perry CIH policy adviser

07/04/2014

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Webinar video: New Approaches to Allocations M

Find out more about the CIH member exclusive webinar with Josie Wainwright CIH Specialist Advisor and David Taylor, Director for Customer and Communities at Midland Heart

20/08/2014

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